More people are afraid of things (and qualify for a clinical diagnosis of a specific phobia) than we might think. The 12-month prevalence for a specific phobia in the U.S.A. is 7-9%. It’s similar in European countries (about 6%), but not so much in Asian, African, or Latin American countries (2-4%). Prevalence rates are higher amongst children, but specific phobias are still present amongst adults.
In order to diagnose a specific phobia, the DSM-5 requires the following:


You aren’t alone…

Fear of Heights

Estimated 5% of the world’s general population have a fear of heights. This phobia often arises alongside other anxiety disorders and depressive disorders, and can have an extreme impact on your daily functioning. Few people seek help for this, so if you are considering reaching out, be one of the few!


Estimated 36% of population suffer from dental phobia, with 12% suffereing from extreme fear. This phobia can have significant costs on your oral health, which can impact your relationships and career prospects.


More than just a mediocre film from the 90s, this common fear is prevalent in 3-15% of the general popoulation and can greatly limit one’s life: Avoidance of places with spiders begins to make life smaller and smaller.

Cynophobia (Fear of Dogs)

Cynophobia – cyno being the Greek word for dog – is an extreme fear of dogs. Animal fears are generally more intense in children than adults, and avoidance is the primary behavior used to control this fear. With an estimated 62 million pet dogs in the U.S. alone, avoidance of this animal can become quite difficult and lead to a smaller life. Make life BIG again and reach out for help.

Trypanophobia (Fear of Needles)

Fairly common amongst both children (66%) and adults (25%), fear of needles and injections can become life impairing when avoidance of needles also results in avoidance of important vaccines or medicines. Get your health back on track and contact us today to work through this fear.

Aerophobia (Fear of Flying)

One of the most common fears, fear of flying impacts about 3% of the general population. While many of us experience fear while flying, those of us who suffer with this phobia are more likely to use substances like alcohol or benzodiazepines. These safety behaviors prevent you from learning whether or not flying is safe (and learning through experience is the key to overriding your fear!).

Claustrophobia (Fear of Closed Spaces)

While it’s great for your heart health to take the stairs, fear of elevators (and other closed spaces) can be a life limiting fear. Many of us will sacrifice precious moments of our lives attempting to avoid closed spaces; but it’s this avoidance that reinforces the fear. The most common theme for those of us with claustrophobia is a fear of being trapped, or being out of control. But there is a good chance that hiding from this fear is the thing boxing you in. Take a chance and face your fears.


Fear of vomiting –

Do you wonder...

Why am I so anxious?

There are four primary ways we develop clinical anxiety – we call these “vehicles of acquisition.

We explore your vehicles of acquisition to create the most effective treatment path. Then, we get to work.